Workshop Descriptions 2018



                Headliners: Joe Collins and Walt Michael

Joe Collins         Mountain Dulcimer

​Capoes, Tunings, and the Diversified Dulcimer                Novice and Up
a workshop on how to use capoes and tunings to play in a wide variety of keys.  With a little bit of this knowledge, playing in jams with other instruments in other keys becomes much simpler, and one's dulcimer becomes a much more diversified instrument.​

Combining Your Picking and Strumming            Intermediate and Above
This workshop will focus on picking out the melody in between and in combination with the strums that give body to arrangement.  We'll use exercises to develop effective strum/flatpicking technique and two tunes to incorporate the technique, an original waltz and a challenging O'Carolan piece entitled "Lord Inchiquin".

Crossing Over to the Fun Side!                             Novice and Up
This workshop guides players to leave the security of playing the melody on one string to exploring the world of cross-picking.  In addition to some work with scales and hitting individual strings, we'll learn to cross-pick some familiar songs effectively and efficiently.

Developing Good Practice Habits                             Beginners and Up
This workshop covers basic principles of good practice, offering advice and useful exercises to get the most out of one's practice time.

Hot Licks and Cool Sounds                     Novice and Up  
A workshop on how to do those things that make people say, "Wow! How did he/she do that?"  Covers ornamentation techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, grace notes, trills, bends, harmonies, and muting.  Gives simple songs in which these techniques can be applied and practiced.

Waltzing in My cowboy Boots/The Wild, Wild West                    Novice and Up
A repertoire workshop to learn some western/cowboy songs!



Walt Michael​            Hammered Dulcimer                

Just Starting on Hammered Dulcimer: Scales, Techniques and Devil's Dream            Beginner
An ​introduction to the hammered dulcimer by learning easy scales and patterns to this well-known reel.

Walt's Original Tunes:  Bermudaful and The Pirate's Prayer      Intermediate to Advanced
Learn two instrumentals that sound calypso/Caribbean in nature.  These tunes "lay out" on the instrument quite easily and have strong melodies, making them fun to play.

Walt's Original Tunes:  Snowblind                   Intermediate to Advanced
This workshop will teach the melody and patterns that are part and parcel of this tune that Walt wrote and played for the 13th Winter Olympics.  We will emphasize the nuances of timing and attack that make this tune flow and come alive on the hammered dulcimer.

Rhythmic Old-Time Hammered Dulcimer                    Intermediate to Advanced
The hammered dulcimer is a melodic, percussion instrument.  Old timey fiddle and banjo music has a certain "feel" that often escapes hammered dulcimer players.  This workshop will feature how to get that old timey sound out of you and onto your instrument.

O'Carolan: Irish Harp Tunes on the Hammered Dulcimer            Intermediate to Advanced
This workshop will teach three of O'Carolan's tunes - Shebeag y Shemore, Plenxty Irwin, and Fanny Power - and arrange them into a medley, taking into consideration key changes, tempo and nuance.

Shetland Tunes of Tom Anderson: Da Slokit Light and Shingly Beach                 Intermediate to Advanced
Walt has performed in Shetland and led Shetland's Young Heritage Fiddlers on a tour of the United States, including the Smithsonian and the White House.  The Shetland fiddling tradition is rich and varied.  We will learn two of Tom Anderson's airs, addressing what is involved in doing justice to a well crafted, emotionally moving tune.







Other Workshops and Instructors

Bing Futch       Mountain Dulcimer, Native American Flute, Ukelele

Learning to Play Native American Flute       Beginner to Intermediate
This beautiful, haunting and expressive instrument dates back 4000 years on the North American continent.  Originally used in courtship and later in ceremonies and, more recently ensemble performance, the Native American flute now enjoys great popularity in all types of music.  You'll be surprised at just how easy it is to play!  In this workshop, you'll learn basics: flute anatomy, how to hold it, breath control, major and minor scales, ornamentation techniques and how to discover your very own spirit song. If you don't have a flute, I will have a limited supply of loaners that are also available for purchase.  Key does not matter if you wish to bring your own.

"Da Slockit Light: A Study in Song"            Mountain Dulcimer         Intermediate
This haunting piece by Scottish fiddler Tom Andrson is a favorite among fiddle players everywhere and Ken Bloom likes to perform it on bowed dulcimer. It sounds quite lovely on standard mountain dulcimer and we'll use a chord-melody style to navigate its looping melodies.  We'll explore the composition of the piece and see how even chords that aren't native to our tuning (DAD) can still be arranged.  Come learn a tune that you've heard before and perhaps have always wanted to learn!


​​"Ashoken Farewell: A Study in Song​"      Mountain Dulcimer       Beginner to Intermediate​​
Jay Unger's classic and emotional piece has been captivating folks since 1982 when it was composed and it gained a new generation of appreciative fans when it was featured as the theme song to the 1990 PBS series "The Civil war".  This lovely tune is quite simple to play and we'll approach it with a simple arrangement using partial strums in pure chord-melody style.  We'll also work on smoothing techniques to make this piece sound as sweet as it can!

Dulcimers of the Caribbean               Mountain Dulcimer     Beginner to Intermediate
Avast, Matey!  There be pirate songs a head!  We'll explore swashbuckling on the high seas with a selection of tunes that bring out your inner Jack Sparrow.  These be easy songs, savvy?  So say "hoo-hoo" to a hearty "yo-ho" and learn to use strumming and flatpicking to navigate the cursed course of chords and melody that come straight from Davey Jones' Locker.   Arrrgh!

Ukulele Disney                All Levels   
​Take notes as I show you how to play some of the most magical Disney songs ever written. Easy accompaniment to timeless tunes from "Mary Poppins", "The Lion King", and even Disney parks!.  Bring your mouse ears, your ukulele and note-taking tools as we analyze and demystify the magic of Disney music!


David Lindsey     Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:    Raw beginner    
​(This workshop will be offered twice) 
(A few loaners will be available if you need one - please let David - at his booth - or the registration table know if you will need a loaner)
Let​ David show you the ropes on a hammered dulcimer!  This is for those who've never touched the HD or just barely have.  David will give you a basic introduction to the hammered dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  

Learn "Apple Blossom"            Advanced beginner to Intermediate
Learn a great old-time fiddle tune, "Apple Blossom".  David will teach the tune​ and show embellishments.



Annette Lindsey       Mountain Dulcimer

Mountain Dulcimer for the Very Beginner:      Raw Beginner
(This workshop will be offered twice) 
(A few loaners will be available if you need one for the workshop - please let Annette (at their booth) or the registration table know if you will need a loaner)
Let Annette show you the ropes on a mountain dulcimer!  This is for those who have never touched the MD or just barely have. Annette will give you a basic introduction to the mountain dulcimer, everything you need to get started playing.  You will be playing a song or two by the end of the class.  


Let's Learn a Couple of Old-time Fun Tunes        Advanced beginner -Intermediate
Annette will have several tunes in her workshop bag for the class to choose from so that you can walk away with tunes to share with your friends and club members  There will be chords, harmony, and words on most tunes to choose from.




Mark Wade           Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer
​Bach to the Basics        Hammered Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer            Intermediate to Advanced
Using the tune "Sheep May Safely Graze", by J.S. Bach, we'll work on harmonization techniques that you can apply to any song.  You'll leave this class with a beautiful, simple melody and with tips on how to play any melody with harmony notes thrown in.  This tune works exceedingly well on both hammered and mountain dulcimer.

​Teaching Tunes           Hammered Dulcimer            Beginner
This workshop features tunes that teach YOU skills on your instrument.  Songs in this class are chosen because they are rewarding to play, easy to learn, AND teach you concepts that are easily transferable.

Yes, You Can Can!                Hammered Dulcimer       Intermediate
The Can Can song is as entertaining to play on the dulcimer as it is to watch classic Bug Bunny cartoons featuring it.  This familiar tune is actually a simple polka and works really well on dulcimer.  It is also a good tune to apply hammer pattern "rules" taught in this hands-on class.  Warning: This catchy tune from Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach will get get stuck in your head.  So, what's up, doc?

​Intro to Hand Independence            Hammered Dulcimer       Beginner - Intermediate
Using the beautiful melody, Psaltery Tune, we'll learn to drop in chord changes one note at a time.  This important skill is a big milestone in playing dulcimer and the first step in learning to play the melody and adding chords.  You'll be playing with hand independence in no time!

I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave             Hammered Dulcimer      Intermediate-Advanced
Not really; abut it's a great tune name!  We'll learn this fun Irish jig and cover hammering patterns for 6/8 tunes.  You're going to love this Mixolydian tune!


Bill Schilling              Autoharp/Songs

Autoharp Questions
The purpose of this workshop is to let participants ask questions they may have about autoharp playing.  Subjects may include (but are not limited to): holding the autoharp; left hand technique; right hand technique; using bare fingers, fingernails, flatpicks, thumbpicks, and fingerpicks; tuning; playing accompaniment; playing lead; chord bar layout; setup and repair; reading and writing tablature and music; playing by ear; chromatic and diatonic styles; amplification, and other things participants are interested in.  Hopefully answers will be provided by the workshop leader and/or other participants.  The participants and leader will play a variety of things whenever appropriate in answering the questions.  If the questions run out, a variety of songs will be available for all to play together. 


Vocal Accompaniments for Folk Instruments          
The purpose of this workshop is to allow participants to understand more about beginning instrumental styles for accompanying vocals (or melody instruments).  Workshop participants will hear accompaniment styles on several instruments and get a change to try adding their own instruments to the accompaniment.  The workshop is appropriate for most folk instruments.


Sharon Kirby             Bowed Psaltery
Bowed Psaltery      Beginner-Intermediate
We will focus on an overview of the psaltery, how to hold it, hot to tune it and how to play it.  But don't shy away if you are an intermediate player, as we will  have a few challenges for you as well!  All will be playing a tune by the end of class!



John Hockett                        Mountain Dulcimer
Mood, Lyrics, and Temp                 Intermediate
Make a song your own and give it life.  How to phrase and accent a piece to give it life (no more plunky-plunk).Take home two songs you will be proud of.  DAD and DAA tab provided.

Yes, You Can!                    Beginner
​Beginner dulcimer players using DAD or DAA look at tuning, keyboard mechanics, and ear training as well as learn as many songs as time allows.   Newbies or those having problems are welcome.


Wayne Simms                Bowed Psaltery 
Beginner
Wayne will introduce the psaltery from a builder's point of view, with a discussion of the various instruments available, things to look for in construction, stringing of the instrument, bows, positions of holding, playing and tuning.  Hands on - you will learn to play scales and learn a tune or two.



Amanda Roberts                Hammered Dulcimer
Christmas at Kinloch               Beginner and up
Learn Amanda's original tune Christmas at Kinloch, a slow waltz with Celtic flavor.  We will work on dynamic expression as well as ensemble skills.  The tune, based on the D scale, moves mostly by steps and is easy to learn.  The melody and accompaniment patterns will be taught separately and then put together as players are comfortable.  Participants will take away sheet music for the complete arrangement.


Danny Shepherd            Percussion, Ukulele
Ukulele                        Beginner
No previous music knowledge necessary.  Learn your first song in 3 minutes or less.  You'll learn to hold, tune, play chords, strum, and play songs using a few easy chords.

The Bodhran (Irish Drum)                          Beginner
This class covers the basic of the Bodhran.  You'll learn how to hold the tipper (Stick), strike the drum, and play the reel and jig rhythms.  If time permits we will also cover changing tone, triplet roll, and session etiquette.  I will have some loaner practice drums available for you to use.

Folk Percussion                     Open to all
(This workshop will be presented twice)
Play some fun percussion instruments and improve your rhythm skills.  You'll play spoons, washboard, body percussion, and other interesting instruments.  We'll play along with a variety of musical styles.  I will provide spoons, washboards, and a few other instruments.  You are welcome to bring your own percussion instruments as well.


Dottie Shepherd            Mountain Dulcimer, Singing
Mountain Dulcimer and Singing, Too!            Advanced Beginner - Intermediate
Sing familiar songs while you accompany yourself (or others).  Learn to play melody and chords in different chord voicings.



Bill Locke                    Mountain Dulcimer
Structuring Your Strum  1              Advanced Beginner  
The idea of using a flat pick to structure a strum into a rhythmic pattern is explored in this workshop.  A single well-known and simple tune will be used with a series of strum methods to develop a variety of sounds that can add a different energy to a tune.This may be used to provide sounds familiar from the playing of other instruments in an old time band.  We start with the basic and add complexity as we go.

Structuring Your Strum  2                Advanced Beginner
The concepts used in Workshop 1 are extended to triplet (cross-picking) and damping methods which may be used to further add variety to playing a range of tune genres might be tried using these methods including old-time and blues sounds. As before, we are playing the instruments in a fashion that tends to "join the band" as it relates to the overall sound.

The Rhythm of the Old-Time Band (Fiddle Tunes)                Intermediate
This workshop could be used to learn some actual fiddle tunes.  In particular if people have a 1 1/2 fret, we could learn modal tunes such as The Cuckoo, Shady Grove, or Frosty Morning.  Otherwise any number of D tunes could be tried.


Jason Fawks                    Harp
Teach Yourself to Play Folk Harp
Based on folk harp pioneer Sylvia Wood's popular book, "Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp", this workshop will explore the basics of playing the simple C scale folk harp.  Demonstrations of Irish and folk music by Jason on the harps he built will inspire you to learn this amazing instrument and realize that you too can learn to play the harp!  Copies of Sylvia's book will be available.   This workshop will be offered once each day, with focus on different tunes.

Folk harps are mid-size harps without pedals, commonly used in Irish and folk music.


Eric Jarboe                    Bass, Hammered Dulcimer
Basic Upright Acoustic Bass      Bass      Beginner
Learn how to play basic "root-fifth" bass lines.  We will discover the location of notes on the fingerboard and chord structure of popular jam songs in the key of D.  Bass ukulele, bass dulcimer, and Marimbula also welcome.

Beyond Basic Upright Acoustic Bass      Bass   Beginner-Intermediate
Learn passing tones to jazz up your bass lines.  Guidelines for connecting chords and song sections will be explored.  The principles of walking bass will be explained and applied.  Principles can be applied to other bass instruments.

Hymns with Harmony        Hammered Dulcimer     Beginner 
Enhance "Amazing Grace" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer" with instant harmony.  Use the layout of the hammered dulcimer to add easily recognized harmony notes.

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                                              Workshops Descriptions 

Bing Futch:  

Traditional Dulcimer Tuning - COG & DATA  (Beginners - Intermediate)
Learn to play your dulcimer in the traditional way by taking this workshop, which gets back to the roots of the instrument.  You'll get familiar with the 1-5-5 tuning and explore new territories within this 














Friday Workshops


                          Mountain Dulcimer Workshops: Friday, June 15, 2012

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Get Out of the DAD Tuning (advanced beginners and up) We will learn a tune “Sandy River Belle” in DAD first and then learn how to take it to two different tunings. We will also discover that chording in a different tuning is easy and full of patterns. Capo required for this class.

Tom Conner/Jan Hammond; (Guitar and mountain dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Duo Workshop This workshop will focus on playing as a duo. They will give examples of how to arrange tune, create a set-list, handle performance glitches, get booked, and create a unique duet sound.

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Put Some Sweet Into Your Melody (novice – Intermediate) The word dulcimer means “sweet melody” so in this class we will go over some cool “extras” to help you make better arrangements and that you can apply to songs you already know: Jammer-Onns, Pull Offs, Harmonics, slides, cool stuff to do with the 1 ½ fret (no 1 ½ needed for class) bends, and more.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Spicing Up Melodies (novice) This is a workshop for a beginner mountain dulcimer player who can play simple melodies but would like to add a little more interest to them. Participants will be shown how to add a few chords and harmonies to make their songs fuller. (DAD tuning)

Ruth Hulthen: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 450  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Dulcimers are Made for Singing (past beginner) In this class we will go over low, middle, and high chords and then we will start using various chords in songs.

                         Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Mark Wade:  (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 445  

Workshop 1: Dulcimer 101  1:00 pm  (beginners) Mark will share some shortcuts to successful dulcimer playing and quick tips to get you off to a good start. A great beginning class for music readers AND those who play by ear!

Workshop 2: Arranging for Contests and Solo Performances  2:30pm (Intermediate/Advanced) Mark will show you how to get the most out of your 5 minutes in front of the judges. These same great tips help your solo performances wow audiences even outside of the dulcimer contests!

Roger Mace: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Absolute Beginner (for absolute beginners!)  1:00  Learn about the hammered dulcimer: instrument sizes, layout, tuning techniques, hammers (types and holding), hammering patterns, playing scale patterns (major, minor, modal), playing arpeggios (dulcimer magic), finding more information/instruction, and learn tune(s).

Workshop 2: Beginner (Beginner/Intermediate)  2:30  Review hammering patterns, simple hammering exercises/techniques, review playing scales and arpeggios, learning tunes by EAR, NOTES and/or TAB, and learn some fun traditional dulcimer tunes. Class questions/answers.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  4:00pm 

Workshop 1: Get Out of the D,G,A, Humdrum (advanced beginners and up) David will teach “Billy in the Low Ground” in the key of C.

                                     Guitar Workhops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tom Conner: (Guitar) Visitors Center: Founders Hall   

Workshop 1: Finger Style Guitar Basic Concepts:  1:00pm Concentrates on proper guitar position, proper hand position, use of fingernails, playing cleanly and basic finger style riffs.

Workshop 2: Finger Style of Chet Atkins:  4:00pm  Concentrates on the basic of Chet Atkins’ thumb and 3 finger style he made popular. Workshop will include work on playing “Freight Train” by E. Cotton in Chet’s style.

                                 Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Tish Westman:  (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged."

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  2:30pm  (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 4:00pm If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

                                Harp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  (Harp) COTC R. 460

Workshop 1: Chordal Accompaniment:  2:30pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Learn how to read a lead sheet and use the chord symbols to create a harmony to compliment the melody line. Explore basic chord shapes and techniques to add interest in the accompaniment. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

Workshop 2: Melody Line Fills:  4:00pm  (Adv. Beg. Harp) Take advantage of the spaces between the notes and add ”fill” to compliment the melody line. There are “patterns” you can follow to make you sound like a pro. Music reading skills are helpful but not necessary. Handouts for future reference and practice will be available.  

                             Autoharp Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Bill Schilling   (Autoharp and guitar) COTC 451  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Basic Autoharp: The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the participants to the autoharp, acquainting them with different harps, playing styles, setups, simple repairs, practice hints, and/or resources. Participants will hear and use different playing styles.

                              Mandolin Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  2:30pm   

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

                                       Banjo Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Hunter Walker (Banjo) COTC 451  4:00pm    

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                               Spoons Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home


                                              Drumming Workshops – Friday, June 15, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30pm  

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

                                             Internet/Computer – Friday, June 15, 2012

Linda Gardner:  COTC 460  1:00pm

Take the Mystery out of MIDI What is a midi and what value do they have for us as musicians? Learn how to find midi files on the internet, how to download, save them, and how to convert them to sheet music! We will be using Finale Notepad 2012, the FREE midi editor, to create sheet music personalized by you. Change keys, add chords, change notes and be able to share your finished song with other musicians through email or print. Download Finale Notepad 2012 here: http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/default.aspx. I will have the program, Mac and Win, available at class for installation on your laptop but you do not need to bring a computer to this class, reference handouts will be available for use at home.

Saturday Workshops

                                Mountain Dulcimer Workshops - Saturday, June 16, 2012

Jan Hammond: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Hall

Workshop 1: Way Beyond the Bum-Ditty:  9:00am  (Intermediate) Play around with rockin’ the boogie-woogie, calypso sweep and the slap & choke. Then we’ll apply them to some fun tunes.

Workshop 2: Abide with Me (hymns from an old book):  10:30am  Learn hymns like Abide with me, We Gather Together, Rock of Ages and as many others as time allows. Several of these arrangements are in parts and can be played with a variety of playing styles from noter to cross-string, chord melody style to fingerpicking.

Workshop 3: Re-Arrange and Sing:  2:30pm  (All levels) Take tunes from various sources (such as the Cyber Hymnal), transpose the key if necessary for a standard D-A-D dulcimer and play the chord progressions to accompany vocals. A chord transposition wheel will be provided.

Workshop 4: Lecture on Therapeutic Music:  4:00pm  (All levels) Listen to examples of music, excerpts from my journal of actual experiences, and discussion on playing for folks at hospice or in nursing homes.

Ruth Hulthen  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC Rm. 460  1:00pm   

Workshop 1: Beginner Duets That Will Make You Proud: (beginner) I find that teaching beginner students duets early on gives them the confidence they need to advance. The student will only need elementary playing skills. I love seeing the excitement on students’ faces when they combine melodies and harmonies with others.

Annette Lindsey: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 451  4:00pm

Workshop 1: Fast and Snappy (advanced beginners and up) Annette will teach two songs, “Little Billy Wilson” in A (capo required) and “Crooked Ridge” in D with chords and embellishments. Both are fun, fast, snappy tunes you will love to play.

Hunter Walker  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: The Art of Arranging (Intermediate) In this class, we will explore techniques and mechanics of arranging and many types of artistic embellishments. This class will take an easy approach to crafting your own arrangements of your favorite tunes and songs.

Linda Sigismondi: (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440  

Workshop 1: Mountain Dulcimer Styles  9:00am  (Beginner to Novice) In this workshop, beginning to novice players will get a chance to try several different styles of playing the mountain dulcimer including finger picking, bowing, and using a noter (DAD tuning)

Workshop 2: Canal Songs for the Mountain Dulcimer  2:30pm  (intermediate) This is a repertoire building workshop for intermediate dulcimer players. Participants will explore several songs by Pearl Nye that describe life on the Ohio and Erie Canal at the turn of the century (DAD tuning)

Nathaniel Samsel:  (Mountain dulcimer) COTC 440

Workshop 1: Fiddle Tune Variations:  10:30am  (novice) We will go through several variations that you can easily apply to any fiddle tune and that will help create better arrangements, along with being fun stuff to play with in a jam.

Workshop 2: Rueben’s Train  1:00pm  (advanced) In this class I am going to go over putting feeling into a song. We will look at playing with the rhythm, creating transitions, building and releasing tension, varying the volume and other things that will help with putting feeling into an arrangement. We will work through my version of Rueben’s Train, going as far into it as time will allow, and I will show you how I try to add emotion. Please bring a capo.

Paul Conrad: (Mountain Dulcimer) Visitors Center: Founders Gallery  1:00 PM--FREE ADMISSION!!!

Workshop 1: Care and Feeding of your Dulcimer - and throughout the festival find Paul at his booth to answer your questions about caring for your dulcimer.

                           Hammered Dulcimer Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mark Alan Wade: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC Rm. 445

Workshop 1: Achieving Hand Independence (int) 10:30am  This is a technique class intended to improve your approach to the hammered dulcimer. Mark will lead you through helpful exercises and a few sample tunes that utilize both hands.

Workshop 2: Adding Chords to Melodies  2:30pm  (intermediate) Mark will show you easy ways to add harmonic accompaniment to simple tunes.

Workshop 3:  Liberty Waltz (int/adv) 4:00PM Learn this fun tune I worte based on the popular fiddle tune, Liberty Reel.

David Lindsey: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Billy 2 (advanced beginners) David will teach “Little Billy Wilson” in the key of A

Norma Trotter: (Hammered dulcimer) COTC 445  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Let’s Play the Hammered Dulcimer (new to beginning players) This workshop will consist of learning about notes, scales, and chords so participants can leave with a good understanding of their instrument. We will learn to play a couple of simple melodies as part of the exercises. Handouts will be provided for review, practice and reference so players can go home with information to continue their pursuit of being a hammered dulcimer player.

Guy George: (Hammered Dulcimer) COTC 450

Workshop 1: Island Tunes on the HD  9:00am  (Intermediate) Learn my arrangement of a cool Calypso tune –back up part, too, if there’s time.

Workshop 2: Chords and Musicality on the HD  4:00pm  (beg. – int.) Learn your chord shapes and basic techniques for the hammered dulcimer.

                               Bowed Psaltery Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tish Westman: (Bowed psaltery) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall

MESSAGE FROM TISH: "If you have taken my workshops before, all classes will have new music. Any classes that happen to be on both days will have different music. Classes will be progressive so start at the beginning if you are new to Bowed Psaltery. If you are an experienced player, I will make sure you are challenged!"

Workshop 1: Simple Start to Understanding Music:  9:00am (All instruments welcome! ) If when you look at a piece of sheet music you get confused and just don’t understand what you are looking at then come to this workshop. You will learn the language of music and how to apply it to whatever instrument you play.

Workshop 2: How to Play a Bowed Psaltery: 10:30am  If you have one bring it, if you don’t have one you may borrow during the class. The Bowed Psaltery is very easy to learn to play. No fingering like a dulcimer or guitar. You only play with one hand. You will learn how to bow and will be playing tunes by the end of the class.

Workshop 3: Dynamic techniques for the Bowed Psaltery:  1:00pm  Learn how to use different bow strokes to create emotion in your music. Get beyond just getting to the right notes, get there with feeling.
Workshop 4: How to “Join the Jam” with the Bowed Psaltery: 2:30pm You don’t always have to play the melody. There are other parts to play, especially if you don’t know the song.

                                            Harp Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Linda Gardner: (Harp) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  2:30 pm  

Workshop 1: Take that Harp or Dulcimer out of the Closet and Play This is an intro class for those who have harps and dulcimers in their closets (or hanging on their walls) that they haven’t played for a while – so get your harps and dulcimers out of the closet, come to this free workshop and “get in tune” with your instruments again!

                                                Guitar Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Guitar) COTC 460  2:30pm  

Workshop 3: (Guitar) Modified Travis Style Picking This workshop will concentrate on establishing a pattern style of guitar picking that can be used for accompaniment and later modified (if desired) for more complex finger-style guitar playing. Participants should feel comfortable forming and changing several chords with their left hands. No previous fingerpicking experience is needed and those who have only used a flatpick for the right hand are welcome.

                                               Banjo Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Banjo) COTC 450  1:00pm  

Workshop 1: Clawhammer for the Clueless, or Not So (beginner-intermediate) In this class, we will address the basic strum and hand technique used in old-time style banjo. The basic tunings will also be reviewed, along with chords, rhythm techniques, and melodic basics. This will allow you to bring your banjo to a jam and thrive. Capo is not required, but encouraged: no musical reading ability necessary. Workshop will adapt to all levels present.

                                              Mandolin Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hunter Walker  (Mandolin) COTC 451  9:00am  

Workshop 1: Mandolins We Have Heard on High (beginner-intermediate) The mandolin is a versatile instrument. This workshop will cover some of its uses in an old-time or bluegrass jam, such as chordal backup, chopping, and basic of melody. We will cover a couple standard tunes and learn to play melody and accompaniment behind them. No musical reading ability necessary, just be able to count to 4! Workshop will adapt to all levels.

Roger Mace (mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer) COTC 460 4:00
Workshop 1: Playing Along with Others (beginner – intermediate) This workshop is for fiddle and mandolin players and is aimed at developing skills for playing along with other musicians – particularly dulcimer players.


                                                Autoharp Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bill Schilling  (Autoharp) COTC 460  10:30am   

Workshop 1: Beginning Autoharp Accompaniment--The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to accompani- ment playing styles on the autoharp which will allow participants to quickly and easily accompany folk-style singing or lead instruments in a jam by using simple strumming techniques on an in-tune autoharp. Participants will play different accompani- ment patterns and sing along (if they choose). Feeling the beat and/or counting will be emphasized along with chord changes.

                                                  Fiddle Workshop - Saturday, June 17, 2012

Roger Mace (Fiddle) COTC 460  9:00

Workshop 1: Beginning/Intermediate Fiddle--Review the instrument, bow parts, and setup, holding the instrument, left hand placement for scales, etc., holding and using the bow, discuss learning by EAR and/or NOTES, simple scales practice (intonation skill), playing a simple fiddle tune, and playing a tune like a “fiddler”. Class questions/answers.

                                               Penny Whistle Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guy George  (Pennywhistle) COTC 450 (“D” whistle needed – I will have some available in varied price range)

Workshop 1: Beginning Pennywhistle: 10:30am  Learn to play the easiest instrument to carry around. I’ll have you playing a tune quickly. We’ll also work on playing in different keys. I use a D whistle.

Workshop 2: Irish Duets:  2:30pm  (Novice to advanced players welcome) I have some favorite Irish tunes arranged for duets.

                                                 Spoons Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Emily Pritchard: (Spoons) Visitors Center: Exhibit Hall  4:00pm  

Workshop 1: Spoons! Did you know that a musical instrument with a cultural history spanning folk music from Ireland to Russia to Turkey to Greece and America can found in your kitchen? That’s right! The spoons, both metal and wooden, have a rich cultural history and in this workshop you will learn how to properly choose, hold, and play this inexpensive and easy-to-learn musical instrument. All ages can learn and class registration includes your own set of metal spoons to take home

                                            Drumming Workshops – Saturday, June 16, 2012

E. Jeremy Rodriguez: (Drums) Museum Workroom (back entrance) 

Workshop 1: Explore World Drumming  9:00am  In this workshop you will be introduced to authentic world percussion instruments including djembe, ashiko, dundun, doumbek, bodhran, and talking drums originating from Africa, Central America, Ireland, Japan, and the Middle East. Can’t read music? No problem! Using Experience Art! International’s “Color Rhythms” technique you will learn traditional drumming techniques, a variety of basic beats, and how to jam in a drum circle. All ages are welcome, no prior experience is needed, and drums will be provided.

Workshop 2: Bass, Slap, Tone  1:00pm  Want to go beyond the basic and further your understanding of hand drumming? This is the workshop for you. We will move beyond the basic techniques covered in the “Color Rhythms” workshop and explore more challenging polyrhythmic djembe and dundun exercises. Uplifting and educational, during this workshop Jeremy will take your drumming to a whole new level. Drums will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

                                                  All Instruments – Saturday, June 16, 2012

Ann Conley and Country Sunrise Special: (All instruments) Museum Workroom (back entrance)  10:30am  

Workshop 1: Jammin’ Fun A discussion about and sharing of ideas on jamming etiquette and how to get the most fun out of a jam setting. Bring your instruments!


June 15 - 17, 2018



                                    Workshop Descriptions  2018
                

What Do the Skill Levels Mean?

There is not always agreement on what the terms mean - so for the purpose of our festival we will go with these:

Mountain Dulcimer:
Very Beginner:   I am brand new to the instrument.  "How do you hold this?"

Beginner:  I am so new that I still need more instruction in basic playing skills.

Novice:  I know how to play a few songs and how to figure out ow to play a basic song with tablature.  I am in the process of learning chords and expanding my ability to vary my strumming and/or picking to match the song I am playing.  "I am able to clunk along affably!"

Intermediate:  I am pretty proficient at using tablature and/or playing by ear to leaern a variety of music.  I understand and can apply chords relatively easily in my playing.  "I so got this!"

Advanced:  I understand and can apply chords and often adapt different chords to music.  Fell comfortable flatpicking, strumming, or finger-picking in a wide variety of rhythms, speeds, and dynamics.  "Good enough is not good enough!"

​Hammered Dulcimer:
Very Beginner:   Could be completely new to the instrument, does not really know the note names or understand the layout, have never had instruction on hammer hold and striking techniques.

Beginner:  May know some songs but have difficulty playing fluidly without stopping, understands the general layout of the instrument, knows the note names, some songs, chords, and scales.

Intermediate:  Ready to add harmonies to melodies, has a general system for hammering patterns (which hand should hit which notes were....), has some facility with early facets of arranging.

​Note:You are free to attend any workshop you desire, even one above you present skill level, realizing that the instructors will assume that the students have the skill level designated for that workshop.